Hillary Clinton announced she is running for President in 2016. As a woman, I am thrilled of course. I join the sea of women who would love to see a female President. Lady Commander-In-Chief. That has a ring to it. But let’s be honest, it’s not a Hillary thing as much as it is a “shattering the glass ceiling thing”, now that’s the real treat, all politics aside.
As a leader in various fields, one thing I have seen, have grown accustomed to and quite frankly am tired of is that, it’s a man’s world. While I feel there is room for both men and women at the table, women usually don’t get invited to the dinner party as we have been reminded by Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In. Thankfully while not as often as we’d like, strong women find their way to the top anyway, it just takes too long to get there. And here’s where you might be able to help.
If there are talented, committed, qualified Latina women in your company, give them an opportunity to shine. Latinas more often than not get overlooked too many times to count. While I am grateful that there are even lists of powerful women in business (or any field) and I know the journey might not have been easy considering Latinas have to deal with so much cultural baggage on the personal front related to being working woman, I say again, we need more Latina women on those lists. The Latinas I’ve seen that have actually made it to the top of a company happened to be its founder.
Having a Latina leading the charge at your business doesn’t seem like a bad business move either. Latinos in general are known for inclusive, people-oriented, socially responsible, and life-affirming leadership as documented in Juana Bordas 2013 book entitled The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion and Contribution. But let me share some other reasons:
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Dr. Elizabeth D. Rios is a strategic visionary and has served her community in NY and FL in various Executive and entrepreneurial capacities for over 30 years. Dr. Rios received her MA in Business Management from Regent University, her Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University and a D.Min. from Southeastern University. Dr. Rios is the author of Don’t Buy the Lie: Eradicating False Belief Systems that Keep You from Your Destiny. In whatever role she plays, she always cares about the soul of a company that is lived out through its culture. She is a Boxer lover, mom of two boys, one with special needs and sees her life mission as one to unleash potential, ignite passion and connect people to purpose.